James Boswell died in 1795 believing he had touched and kissed a cache of Shakespeare's original letters and papers discovered by a Mr. Ireland. His friend, Edmond Malone, publicly exposed the lot as a forgery just a year later.
Louis TissotBorn ca. 1704
A doctor in Utrecht, at least 1750-1764
Life with Boswell:
Dr. Tissot had been recommended to Boswell by David Dalrymple, and he consulted him on May 24, 1764, describing him as "a true original, a shrewd, lively little fellow of sixty". Boswell visited the Utrecht Bedlam with Tissot on May 29, on which occasion Tissot stated that "mankind were all mad and differed only in degrees". (Boswell in Holland 1763-64, p. 256)
A Susanna Cornelia Tissot van Patot was christened in Utrecht on September 16, 1736, the daughter of a Louis Tissot van Patot and Anne Marie Courcelles. The doctor's daughter and wife?